\ ˈkrəsh How to pronounce crush (audio) \
crushed; crushing; crushes

Definition of crush

 (Entry 1 of 2)

transitive verb

1a : to squeeze or force by pressure so as to alter or destroy structure crush grapes
b : to squeeze together into a mass She crushed her clothes into a bag.
2 : to reduce to particles by pounding or grinding crush rock
3a : to subdue completely The rebellion was crushed.
b : to cause overwhelming emotional pain to (someone) Her insults crushed him.
c : to oppress or burden grievously crushed by debt
d : to suppress or overwhelm as if by pressure or weight
4 : crowd, push were crushed into the elevator
5 : hug, embrace She crushed her child to her breast.
6 archaic : drink

intransitive verb

1 : to advance with or as if with crushing The crowd crushed ruthlessly toward the exit.
2 : to become crushed The stewed tomatoes crush easily.
3 obsolete : crash
4 informal : to experience an intense and usually passing infatuation : to have a crush on someone usually used with on She's been crushing on him all summer.Turns out Fat Monica was motivated to lose all the weight after she overhead Chandler (whom she was crushing on) tell Ross: "I don't want to be stuck here all night with your fat sister."Entertainment Weekly



Definition of crush (Entry 2 of 2)

1 : an intense and usually passing infatuation have a crush on someone also : the object of infatuation
2a : crowd, mob especially : a crowd of people pressing against one another
b : a crowding together (as of people)
3 : an act of crushing
4 : the quantity of material crushed

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Other Words from crush


crushable \ ˈkrə-​shə-​bəl How to pronounce crush (audio) \ adjective
crusher noun
crushingly adverb


crushproof \ ˈkrəsh-​ˌprüf How to pronounce crush (audio) \ adjective

Synonyms for crush

Synonyms: Verb

Synonyms: Noun

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crowd, throng, horde, crush, mob mean an assembled multitude. crowd implies a close gathering and pressing together. a crowd gathered throng and horde suggest movement and pushing. a throng of reporters a horde of shoppers crush emphasizes the compactness of the group, the difficulty of individual movement, and the attendant discomfort. a crush of fans mob implies a disorderly crowd with the potential for violence. an angry mob

Examples of crush in a Sentence

Verb Unfortunately some of the flowers got crushed when we were moving them. The bicycle was crushed under the truck's tires. The machine crushes the cans so that they can be stored until they are recycled. Her arm was crushed in the accident. Crush the nuts and sprinkle them on top of the cake. The rocks were crushed into dust. Noun Yesterday I saw my old high school crush for the first time in five years. The crush in the train station is at its worst during the afternoon rush hour. Outside the hotel stood a crush of reporters waiting for her arrival.
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Recent Examples on the Web: Verb But as for tests, the Commonwealth continues to crush it., "Baker says Mass. has lowest COVID-19 vaccine hesitancy in nation," 22 Apr. 2021 To exterminate wasps and hornets, instead of using pesticides, professionals can knock many types of nests to the ground and crush them. Washington Post, "Many companies advertise ‘green’ pest control. But is it possible? And does it work?," 8 Apr. 2021 The pandemic was only going to delay the goal, not crush it. Scott Gleeson, USA TODAY, "'Make a movie out of it': Go behind the scenes of Baylor's first national championship celebration," 6 Apr. 2021 Republicans lauded Georgia's new voting law, but Democrats are already organizing to crush it in court while working to ensure the GOP effort backfires in the 2022 elections. Kerry Picket, Washington Examiner, "Georgia voting law likely helps Republicans, but it's no sure thing," 29 Mar. 2021 Chaplains, doctors and nurses talk of straddling an emotional fence -- trying to empathize while preserving clinical distance so the trauma doesn’t crush them. USA Today, "‘No one has been trained for this much death.’ In a COVID ICU, hospital workers struggle with trauma and grief.," 12 Mar. 2021 Based on true events, the film, in documentary fashion, explores the ruthlessness of a society where the love and life that reigns on the big screen can crush you in its mean streets. Jacob Siegal, BGR, "Everything coming and going on Netflix: Week of March 7th," 7 Mar. 2021 Russian authorities are ramping up the use of facial recognition technology to track opposition protesters to their homes and arrest them — a powerful new Kremlin tool to crush opposition. Washington Post, "Russia’s surveillance state still doesn’t match China. But Putin is racing to catch up.," 17 Apr. 2021 The attack on Bago was the third in the past week involving the massive use of force to try to crush the persistent opposition to the ruling junta., "Reports: Myanmar forces kill 82 in single day in city," 10 Apr. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Enthusiasm was high and wait times relatively low for such a highly contested election, at least once the initial crush of early risers were cleared. Emily Woodruff,, "Less than an hour wait reported at most polling stations across New Orleans area; no major problems reported," 3 Nov. 2020 The epic crush of summer visitors at renowned recreation destinations across California is projected to continue through October — but could possibly abate come November. Tom Stienstra,, "Yosemite lodging logjam projected to open in fall season," 14 Aug. 2020 For many clerks, Tuesday is in part a practice run for the November 2020 general election, when the crush of absentee ballots is expected to be far greater. Paul Egan, Detroit Free Press, "With roughly half of absentee ballots returned, clerks prepare for potential crush," 31 July 2020 Carly gets another shot at romance with a college crush but needs her new friend Nick’s advice. Washington Post, "Chadwick Boseman: Portrait of an Artist," 17 Apr. 2021 After Thursday saw retail sales for March crush expectations, coupled with jobless claims hitting their lowest level since March 2020, the Dow and S&P continued their tear. - Investing Reimagined, Forbes, "Top Stocks To Buy Today Amid Another Winning Week," 16 Apr. 2021 It’s an instant pick-me-up song that describes having a crush on someone. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Selena’s legacy transcends generations, continues to influence art and culture," 11 Apr. 2021 Philip was invited to spend Christmas with the royal family at Windsor Castle in 1943, and what might have been a girlish crush evolved into a full-fledged romance. Kim Murphy, Los Angeles Times, "Prince Philip, Queen Elizabeth II’s husband and closest confidant and advisor, dies at 99," 9 Apr. 2021 This new power duo collab is the result of a mutual artistic crush. Billboard Staff, Billboard, "First Spin: The Week's Best New Dance Tracks From Griz & Elohim, Pleasure State, Rain Man & More," 9 Apr. 2021

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First Known Use of crush


15th century, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1a


1599, in the meaning defined at sense 3

History and Etymology for crush

Verb and Noun

Middle English crusshen, from Anglo-French croissir, croistre, of Germanic origin; akin to Middle Low German krossen to crush

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The first known use of crush was in the 15th century

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English Language Learners Definition of crush

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: to press or squeeze (something) so hard that it breaks or loses its shape
: to break (something) into a powder or very small pieces by pressing, pounding, or grinding it
: to defeat (a person or group that opposes you) by using a lot of force



English Language Learners Definition of crush (Entry 2 of 2)

: a strong feeling of romantic love for someone that is usually not expressed and does not last a long time
: the person on whom you have a crush
: a crowd of people who are pressed close together


\ ˈkrəsh How to pronounce crush (audio) \
crushed; crushing

Kids Definition of crush

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : to squeeze together so as to change or destroy the natural shape or condition We crush grapes for their juice.
2 : to break into fine pieces by pressure The machine crushes stone.
3 : overwhelm sense 1 crush an enemy
4 : to defeat in spirit The injury crushed her hopes of winning.



Kids Definition of crush (Entry 2 of 2)

1 : a tightly packed crowd He got caught in the crush of holiday shoppers.
2 : a foolish or very strong liking : infatuation Libby has a crush on a lifeguard named Freddie.— Judy Blume, Sheila the Great

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